Key BYU RMs to Watch: Troy Hinds
No. 5–OLB Troy Hinds
With the loss of linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Uani Unga, Spencer Hadley and Tyler Beck, there are a number of holes to fill on the depth chart at linebacker.
Troy Hinds (6-5, 240 Fr.) is the caliber of player who could step in and make a significant contribution at one of the outside linebackers spots as a true freshman.
The former Davis Dart was one of the most highly-recruited players in the history of Utah high school football.
He turned down offers from most of the PAC-12 schools, Nebraska, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and others to play in Provo.
He served his mission in Jackson, Mississippi where he actually tracted into former NFL great Brett Favre (see photo).
The biggest question is just how quickly he can get back into playing shape after returning home just a few weeks prior to camp. If he can come up to speed quickly, he could work himself into the two deep at either outside linebacker spot before the season is over. He’ll most like start his career at the SAM position behind Alani Fua and converted running back Michael Alisa.
Hinds’ future at BYU appears to be very bright. He possesses a rare combination of size and speed, which should make him an absolute beast either rushing the passer or covering in space. At 6-5, 230 he was a sprinter on his track team in high school and ran the 100-meters in 11.1 seconds as a senior.
As an imposing physical specimen, Troy could have the ability to also play up on the defensive line as a hybrid DE/LB-type player. Under the direction and coaching of Bronco Mendenhall, he has the chance to be a very special player before his college career is over.
BYU fans have waited nearly two-and-half years to see Hinds don Cougar blue. That wait is nearly over.
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